Differences in Parenting Styles and Relationship Damage

For many parents, the way in which they raise their children is one of the most important parts of their life. Therefore, when two parents have substantial differences of opinion in how they would like their children to be raised, it can cause considerable problems in their relationship.

While there are a vast array of different parenting styles, differences between parents largely come down on whether there should be a greater focus on nurturing or disciplining the child. Unfortunately, when parents disagree about which approach needs to be given more focus, they often increase the distance between each other, with one parent intensifying their attention to nurturing the child and the other becoming ever stricter. This can have negative consequences for both the child and the parents’ relationship.

Resolving Differences in Parenting Styles

Every relationship is unique, so there is no universal solution for resolving differences in parenting style. Nevertheless, there are some steps that parents can take to try to solve this problem, including:

  • Seeing the issue from the other parent’s perspective
  • Communicate clearly and openly about differing viewpoints
  • Remain open to concessions

These are guidelines, but all couples will require their own process for resolving differences in their parenting styles.

Learn More About Resolving Differences in Parenting Styles

If your relationship has been affected by disputes about parenting style, it may be useful to discuss resolving these differences with a relationship counselor. Contact Kathleen Snyder today at 512-659-8600 to learn more about what relationship counseling may be able to do to help you through this problem.